Once again the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership has been active in Rwanda on behalf of the children and school communities that have contributed so generously to our on-going appeal. Through the work of Sister Susan and the Sisters of St Mary of Namur we have been able to support a variety of projects that make a significant difference to the lives of those in Rwanda and who are so grateful for the help support and prayers you provide.
In this update we have tried to highlight some of the ways your donations have made a significant contribution to improving both the quality of life for people in Rwanda in the short term and how we are supporting them in becoming proud, independent and productive members of society in the long term.
Sister Susan, the Sisters of St Mary of Namur, the people of Rwanda and the BCPP Management Board thank you so much for your continued help and support.
A good basic standard of education for all is becoming a major political priority in Rwanda. The President of the country recently recognised that too many children were lacking the basic educational skills needed and as a result crime and drug related crime was increasing.
It had been identified that the most significant drop-out rates occurred was in Primary Years 1 and 2. Schools were asked to identify all children who had ceased their education at this time and investigators were asked to identify why this was happening.
The following areas were identified:
It was decided that schools needed to locate children over the last five years who didn’t complete their education and return them to school. If they did not return then the person or institution deemed responsible would be held accountable and prosecuted accordingly.
Kiruhuru Primary School had identified that in the last five years one hundred pupils had left full-time schooling during that period. Sixty-eight children were located and re-started school, taking numbers in Kiruhuru primary to 1300 pupils.
One significant consequence of this policy is that Primary 1 and 2 class sizes are not only in excess of sixty pupils but all span an age range of six years old to fourteen or fifteen.
Kiruhuru Primary School also had an issue with termites in the roof beams of their classrooms. Termites were eating the wooden beams and making the structure unsafe. With the help of the funds raised by the children in BCPP schools we were able to: